I love God
Posted on December 9, 2022 by Elizabeth Welte in Victory Call
…and find out what pleases the Lord. Ephesians 5:10
We have all experienced it in our relationships. It may be a friend, a parent, a sibling, a spouse, a co-worker that you want to please because of your love for them.
Those feelings of fondness that cause us to find out what would please our loved one. A surprise gift perhaps or running an errand for them or going to their favorite restaurant even when it is not yours or preparing their favorite meal or getting off the couch and getting them a snack during the movie or … the list is endless.
Things we do because we love someone.
I remember a time many years ago when I was in my 20’s – the man I was dating and I were sitting on the couch in my parent’s family room watching TV with my Mom. She asked if anyone wanted a snack that there were oranges in the fridge. My boyfriend said he would like one. I told him which drawer in the fridge they were in but made no move to go get him one. In response to my mother’s look of surprise I responded, “He knows where the fridge is.” But in my mind I remember what I was thinking, “I have no intention of ending up a servant in my house.”
[That relationship eventually ended.]
Fast-forward. I met my husband, came to Christ and grew up a little (but just a little). As I dated John and eventually married him I found myself not a servant in my home, but willingly serving him because I love him. I want to please him. I want to honor him. I want to show my love for him.
You don’t have to be married to understand what I am talking about. When we love others we want to please them. Family, friends, roommates, co-workers, whomever.
Put that idea into a spiritual context.
I say I love God, and when I hear the whispering of the Spirit’s prompting am I eagerly responding? Am I looking for ways to please my Lord? Am I choosing obedience with a willing heart? Do I delight to please Him?
Oh, Lord may I find out what pleases you and eagerly do it with delight.
Written by Diane Hunt: Diane Hunt serves on the board of America’s Keswick and is the Executive Director & CEO of Changed Choices, a Christian non-profit in North Carolina. She is also a biblical counselor and women’s event speaker. For more information about having Diane speak at your next event please contact her at email@example.com.
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: “It is like the precious oil upon the head, Running down on the beard, The beard of Aaron,
Running down on the edge of his garments.” Psalm 133:2